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Autocad 2014 New features

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Eldad Asoulin

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New features
AutoCAD 2014 software includes
to the AutoCAD
Help system
New search filters
enable you to narrow your search results based on the type of user.
For example, if you choose User, you can filter on commands and system variables.
If you choose Developer, your filters include AutoLISP®, ActiveX, DXFTM, and .Net.
The Administrator option includes Installing, Migrating,Customizing, and Administrating.
You can choose All Content to filter on any combination of content.
Help System
Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD
Basics is included in the Resources section and has been updated for AutoCAD 2014.
The AutoCAD 2014 Help System also offers improved access to online Help, particularly when using proxy servers.
Command Line
The command line
interface is enhanced
in AutoCAD 2014 to provide smarter, more efficient access to commands and system variables.
And you can


the command line to
find other content
such as hatch patterns, visual styles, and Internet help.
The command line in AutoCAD 2014 supports AutoCorrect.
If you mistype a command
, instead of responding with “Unknown command,” AutoCAD autocorrects to the most relevant and valid AutoCAD command.
For example,
if you accidently type TABEL, the TABLE
command is automatically launched.
AutoComplete command entry is enhanced in AutoCAD 2014 to support mid‐string search.
For example,
if you type SETTING
on the command line, the suggestion list displays commands containing the word SETTING
anywhere within it
, not just at the beginning.
Adaptive suggestions
Commands in the suggestion list are
initially displayed in the order of their usage
based on general customer data. As you continue to use AutoCAD 2014, the order of commands in the
suggestion list will adapt to your own usage
habits. The command usage data is stored in the profile and adapts to each
Synonym suggestions
The command line has a
built in synonym list
. Enter a word at the command line and it will return a command if a match is found in the synonym list.
For example, if you
enter Symbol
, AutoCAD finds the
INSERT command
so you can insert a block. Or if you
enter Round
, AutoCAD
finds the FILLET
so you can add a fillet to a corner.
You can
add your own words
to the AutoCorrect and Synonym lists using the
Edit Aliases tool
from the
Manage ribbon tab
Internet search
In AutoCAD 2014, you can
quickly search
for more information on a command or system variable in the suggestion list.
Move the cursor over the command or system variable in the list and choose the Help or
Internet icons to search for relevant information.
The term AutoCAD is automatically prepended
to the current term for searching the Internet.
In AutoCAD 2014, you can use the
command line to access
layers, blocks, hatch patterns/gradients, text
styles, dimension styles, and visual styles. For example, if you enter Door at the command line and the
current drawing has a block definition with the name Door, you can quickly insert it right from the
suggestion list.
To make the suggestion list easier to navigate, system variables and other content are organized into
expandable categories
. You can expand a category to see the results or press the Tab key to cycle
through each category.
Input Settings
You can
customize the behavior
of the command line using controls in the Input Settings menu when
on the command line. In addition to the previous options to enable
search for system variables
, you can enable
Search Content
, and
Mid-string Search
. All of
these options are turned on by default.
Another right-click
option provides access to the
new Input Search Options dialog box
. Much of the new command line functionality, including AutoCorrect, mid-string search, and adaptive suggestions, is also available using dynamic input.
File Tab
The AutoCAD 2014 release offers drawing tabs as a
fast and visual way
switch between open
drawings or to create new ones
. You can turn the file tabs bar on or off using the File Tabs control on the
View ribbon tab. When file tabs are turned on, a tab for each open drawing is displayed at the top of the
drawing area.
File tabs are displayed in the order they were opened. You can
drag tabs to change their order
. If there is not enough room for all the file tabs to display across the area, an overflow menu at the right end of the file tabs bar provides access to the additional files.
lock icon
on a tab
that the
file is open as read‐only
and an
asterisk indicates
if the file has
been modified
since its last save. When you pass the cursor over a file tab, preview images of the model
and layouts are displayed. If you pass the cursor over one of the preview images, the corresponding
model or layout is temporarily displayed in the drawing area and Plot and Publish tools are accessible
from the preview image.
right-click menu
file tabs
enables you to
create, open, save, and close files
, including the ability to close all open files except the one on which you right clicked.
You can also
copy the full file path to the clipboard
or open the file location in Windows® Internet Explorer.
Plus (+) icon
to the right of the drawing tabs enables you to easily
create new drawings
, automatically adding their tabs as they’re created.
Layer management
number of layers
displayed on the ribbon has been
. Layers are now displayed using
natural ordered sort
. For example, the layer names 1, 4, 25, 6, 21, 2, 10 are sorted as 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, 21, 25 instead of 1, 10, 2, 25, 21, 4, 6.
new Merge option
in the Layer Manager enables you to select one or more layers from the layer list and merge the objects from those layers onto a different layer. The original layers are automatically purged from the drawing.
Xref enhancements
The display of linetypes and layers from externally referenced drawings is enhanced in AutoCAD 2014.
Xref linetypes are not displayed in the linetype list of the ribbon or Properties palette
Xref layers are still displayed in the ribbon so you can control their visibility but they are not displayed in the Properties palette.
You can easily
change the attachment type
for an xref between Attach and Overlay by double-clicking in
the Type column.
new option in the right‐click menu
enables you to
the xref type for
multiple selected xrefs
at the same time.
The External References palette includes new tools to easily change the path of selected xrefs between
Absolute and Relative. You can also remove the path completely. The –XREF command includes a new
PATHTYPE option enabling you to automate these path changes through scripting.
Design exploration
Reality capture
Reality Capture enables you to take a 3D laser scan of an object, topography, a building, or even an entire town and attach it to an AutoCAD drawing as point cloud data.
You can then use it as a real‐world reference for your design work. This point cloud data is stored as thousands, even millions, of points in 3D space.
Autodesk ReCap
Autodesk® ReCap software is a separate application that enables you to create a point cloud project file
(RCP) that references multiple indexed scan files (RCS). It is installed with AutoCAD 2014 by default and
you can launch it from the Windows Start menu or from the Autodesk ReCap desktop icon.
You can use Autodesk ReCap to convert scan file data to a point cloud format that can be viewed and
edited in other products. Autodesk ReCap processes massive datasets, enabling you to aggregate scan
files and clean, section, spatially sort, compress, measure, and visualize them. The resulting high‐speed
formats can then be used by AutoCAD and other Autodesk applications, including Autodesk® Revit® and
Autodesk® Inventor® software.
AutoCAD point cloud support
Point cloud functionality is enhanced in AutoCAD 2014 to
support inserting of point cloud project
(RCP) and scan (RCS) files produced by Autodesk ReCap in addition to the previously supported PCG and ISD formats.
You can select point cloud files using the
Attach tool
from the
Point Cloud panel
of the Insert ribbon tab.
After a point cloud is attached
, the contextual tab that is displayed when the point cloud is selected is
enhanced to make it easier to work with point clouds. You can now
change the stylization
of point clouds to colorize the point cloud based on scan colors (colors captured by the scanner), object
color (color assigned to object), normal (colorize based on the normal direction of point), or intensity
(reflectivity value of points). If normal or intensity data was not captured with the scan, those
stylizations are disabled. In addition, more clipping tools are displayed on the ribbon to make it easier to
clip the point cloud.
AutoUpdate is turned off by default
, preventing the point clouds from automatically updating every time
the view is changed and
improving performance
when working with large point clouds. You can use the
refresh button to manually update the point clouds.
Geographic location
Support for geographic locations has been significantly enhanced in AutoCAD 2014. It includes the same
Coordinate System Library as Autodesk® AutoCAD® Map 3D software and the Live Map Data tool.
There are many benefits to defining a location in your drawing. When you import geolocated data into a
geolocated drawing, AutoCAD transforms the data based on the drawing's geographic location.
You can see your design within the context of its location and if you render the model, it will have the correct
sun angle.
If you export the drawing to a map service like Google® Earth, it will automatically display at the correct location.
When you insert georeferenced images or blocks into your georeferenced drawing,
they are automatically placed in the correct location and at the correct scale. For example, imagine large
projects that have multiple designers working separately on the same design, such as a housing project.
If each designer uses the same coordinate system, all the drawings will insert at their appropriate locations when combined into a single file. You can mark specific point of interest in your drawings, knowing that those points correspond to logical geographic locations. And, if you have a GPS device enabled on your computer, you can see your current position in the drawing and you can even mark positions as you walk around. For example, landscape architects can visit the site and take notes about
the surroundings by marking them on the drawing.
You can set a geographic location in your drawing using the Set Location tool on the Insert ribbon tab.
Choose to set the location from a map or by selecting a KML or KMZ file.
Live Map Data
is automatically available from AutoCAD 2014 when you are
signed into your Autodesk
. When specifying a geographic location from a map, you can search for an address or latitude
and longitude. If multiple results are found, you can click on each one in the results list to view the
corresponding map, and you can display the map as road or aerial data.
When you
find the correct location
, you can
drop a marker
to select it. A pin is placed on the map and
corresponding latitude, longitude, and time zone are automatically applied. You can move the pin,
updating the latitude and longitude automatically. An icon to the right of the elevation unlocks the
latitude and longitude for manual editing.
Collapse the Results panel to maximize the map. You can display a standard road map or automatically
display the best map style as you zoom.
AutoCAD 2014 assigns
as the
default coordinate system
, or you can choose from the list
of filtered coordinate systems. The coordinate system list is filtered based on the entered latitude and
longitude. So it only displays the coordinate systems relevant to the specified area. To get more accurate
results, it is always recommended to use a local coordinate system rather than a global coordinate
Local coordinate systems are considered more accurate
because they
align more closely with
the earth's surface
in that locality, in comparison to an earth-centric datum, for example, World
Mercator. Often, more than one coordinate system may cover the location you are interested in. As a
rule of thumb
, the
coordinate system with its datum closest to that location is considered to be
the most accurate.
The coordinate system defines the scale of the map
. The current drawing unit is automatically displayed in the Geographic Location dialog box, or you can choose from a list of standard units.
The inserted map is
automatically scaled appropriately for the specified drawing units.
Live Map Data
is only available when you are
working online
. If you are
working offline
or choose not to use Live Map Data,
no map is displayed
, but you can manually enter the latitude and longitude by unlocking them for editing. After you accept the latitude and longitude, the relevant coordinate systems are automatically filtered.
If you
choose not to use Live Map Data
, it will
no longer be available
to you in the
current session
of AutoCAD. If you close AutoCAD and begin a new session, you can, once again, choose to use Live Map Data.
When a
map is applied to a drawing
it is always displayed below drawing geometry. Whether you apply
a geographic location using a map, entering latitude and longitude, or selecting a KML/KMZ file, the
geolocation marker is displayed in the drawing at a point
you specify and a new Geolocation tab is
added to the ribbon.
Geolocation ribbon tab
modifying the geolocation
and map display. You can
specify a different location using Live Map Data or by selecting a KML or KMZ file.
Pick a new location
north direction
reorient the geographic marker
. Or, completely remove the location data and
assigned coordinate system from the drawing.
between an
, or
hybrid map
or turn off the map display while still maintaining
the geographic location and coordinate system data.
If you are working on a
GPS-enabled laptop
, you can use the
Locate Me
tool to identify your current location in the map. You can mark positions in the drawing by entering lat-long data, using your current location (for GPS enabled devices), or by picking points.
each position
, you can enter
text to describe the position
The new
system variable controls the initial size of the marker.
You can
modify the size, contents, and other properties
of selected position markers using the Properties palette.
Drawing enhancements
Easily draw an arc in either direction by holding the Ctrl key to switch directions as you draw.

The #11 AUGI wishlist request for the ability to
fillet a polyline to itself
, creating a closed polyline, is implemented in AutoCAD 2014.

Sheet sets
When creating a new sheet in a sheet set, the CreateDate field stored in the associated template (.dwt)
displays the creation date of the new sheet
rather than the creation date of the template file.

Plot styles
command enables you to convert the current drawing to either named or colordependent plot styles. In AutoCAD 2014 it is enhanced to support style names with spaces.

Annotation enhancements
The default behavior for inserting blocks with attributes displays the dialog box.
ATTDIA is set to 1

Single line text is enhanced to
maintain the last justification setting
until it’s changed.

The new
system variable provides you with more control when creating continued and baseline dimensions. When
is set to 0, the
commands create dimensions based on the current dimension style. When set to 1, they apply the dimension style of the selected dimension.

The Hatch tool on the ribbon
maintains the previous method for selecting objects to hatch
: Pick internal point or Select objects. The Undo option is added to the command line.

In AutoCAD 2014 the
Online ribbon tab is renamed Autodesk 360
. It includes a new Manage Documents tool for easy access to the Autodesk® 360 folder on your local machine and the new Design Feed
enables you to enter posts and images for a drawing that can be shared online.

Design Feed
Design Feed, accessible from the
Autodesk 360 ribbon tab
, displays a palette in which you can enter
text messages and attach images to be shared online
with colleagues, clients, and consultants through Autodesk 360. Posts appear with related drawings on the desktop, on the web, and across mobile devices.
Turn on Design Feed from the Autodesk 360 ribbon tab
If you
associate your message
with a
location or area
within the drawing, a corresponding bubble is displayed.
When you select a post in Design Feed, AutoCAD zooms to the corresponding part of the drawing. If you select a bubble in the drawing, the corresponding post is selected in Design Feed.

The settings button on the Design Feed palette lets you control the display of the bubbles.
Design Feed
You can tag colleagues, clients, and consultants to notify them of your post; notifications will be sent to them by email and will also appear within AutoCAD.
After you finish creating a post, it is saved to your Autodesk account with the drawing, along with any images that you attached. Using Autodesk 360, the people that you have authorized can view the drawing and its associated posts, and the people that you have tagged can post replies. When the questions in a post and its replies are no longer active, you can resolve the thread to hide it in the Design Feed palette.
Operating systems
AutoCAD 2014 supports Windows® 8, Windows 7, and Windows XP. If you are using a Windows 8 touch-enabled device, you can benefit from smoother pan and zoom performance.
new control on the System tab
of the Options dialog box displays a touch mode ribbon panel when a touch screen device is detected.
The Touch ribbon panel enables you to cancel the current command and returns you to the
Select/Command prompt.
Exchange apps
A default installation of AutoCAD 2014 adds several valuable apps from Autodesk Exchange, including
the Featured
Apps ribbon tab
, the
Exchange App Manager
, and the
Sketch-Up Import
for AutoCAD 2014
The Featured Apps ribbon tab provides
easy access to the Exchange site
where you can browse and
download AutoCAD apps; some for free and some for purchase. It also includes a selection of featured
apps that you can select and download directly from the Featured Apps tab without browsing through
the entire Exchange site.
The Exchange App Manager and the Sketch-Up Import for AutoCAD 2014 tool are accessible from the
Plug-ins ribbon tab. Use the Exchange Apps Manager to easily view and update installed apps. Double-click
on an app or choose Help from the right-click menu to learn more about it. Just as easily uninstall
or rate the app using the right‐click menu options. Use the Sketch-up Import for AutoCAD 2014 app to
convert a SketchUp file, stored in a local or shared folder, and insert the model into the current drawing.
AutoCAD 2014 offers
new security controls
to help
your drawings from
unauthorized or
malicious execution of files
such as scripts, AutoLISP, and VBA applications within AutoCAD.

The Files tab of the Options dialog box includes
Trusted File Search Path
. You can also access these
controls using the new
system variables.
security control
on the System tab of the Options dialog box provides access to new executable file
You can
allow executable files to be loaded
from all search paths or only from the trusted locations
specified on the Files tab. And you can choose to display a warning before loading executable files

outside the trusted locations. These options are applied to the new
system variable.
Similar options have been added to the Deployment Wizard that enable you to apply Secureload
functionality to
network deployments.
Autodesk, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, AutoLISP, DXF, Inventor, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of
Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product
names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services
offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical
errors that may appear in this document.
© 2013 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
Eldad Asoulin
Consulting Technical Lead
A2K Technologies
Thank You
Eldad Asoulin
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